Saturday, September 4, 2010

Obama administration impotent against the Pakistani Taliban

The commander of the Pakistani Taliban — one of the U.S. government’s top targets in the war on terrorism — has been charged in federal court with dispatching the suicide bomber who attacked a CIA base in Afghanistan last December, killing seven Americans.

The criminal complaint against Hakimullah Mehsud represents a new multi-pronged U.S. government effort to go after the Pakistani Taliban, officially known as Terhik-e Taliban Pakistan, or TTP — a group whose main goal remains the overthrow of the government of Pakistan.

The State Department on Wednesday formally designated the TTP as a terrorist organization and announced a $5 million reward for the capture of Mehsud as well as one of his deputies, Wali Ur Rehman.

The two-count criminal complaint, filed in U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia on Aug. 20 and unsealed Wednesday, charges Mehsud with conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens abroad and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. citizens abroad.

Does our government truly think that a $5 million reward and a two-count criminal complaint are the way to go?

The Pakistani Taliban killed soldiers and civilians.

They didn't rob a bank.

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